⛳ Two Golf Tipping Titans: Golf Betting Club vs. Weekly Golf Value ⛳

Weekly Golf Value has long been a favourite of ours here at the SBC as the service performs year after year, with quite remarkable returns by every metric.

The ‘new kid on the block‘ grabbing a lot of attention is Golf Betting Club and after some remarkable winners from both services in recent weeks (and with the Major season upon us), we thought that we’d profile them side by side, with some comparisons to help you decide which one would suit you best:

The Newcomers: Golf Betting Club

The pretender to the crown, ‘GBC’ have had a brilliant 2024, with two stand out wins being joined by plenty of other returns and some bad beats!

Unfortunately for GBC, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (80/1) was in the latter group in the weekend just gone as he was beaten in a gruelling playoff but previous winners this year have demonstrated the service’s edge perfectly…

The first of those was Chris Kirk, a 40/1 winner recommended in-play. This facet of what Neil and Duncan Campbell offer is unique, with daily updates from each tournament providing a more comprehensive service than anything else in the market as value is highlighted right up until the last round of play.

Matteo Mannassero (200/1, with a ‘tracked price of 175/1) was the service’s ‘big recent win’ and the analysis from Neil & Duncan demonstrates how sharp their service is:

A fair price policy, realistic bets available with plenty of bookmakers and a later release time make GBC the perfect example of how to tip into golf markets. The in-play angle is a real ‘USP’, making this the perfect service for anyone who wants to watch tournaments unfold with regular betting investments.

The Established SBC Superstars: Weekly Golf Value

If GBC are the pretenders to the crown then Weekly Golf Value are the consistent and grizzled veteran who have proven themselves over and over again as their record demonstrates:

The aforementioned Kiradech Aphibarnrat may have cost GBC but his opponent in that playoff was Jesper Svensson who won for Weekly Golf Value (at 50/1).

He joins Rikuya Hoshino (45/1) and Darius Van Driel (55/1) as selections who have won in 2024 alongside 27 places, an area where the service finds consistent value using the Bookie Bashing Racing Tracker.

For those of you who would like to learn how that all works, this video provides an explanation, with Tom Brownlee joining a SBC ‘panel’ to discuss all things golf:

Which One Is Best For You?

The Masters, The PGA Championship, The U.S. Open and The Open Championship will be arriving thick and fast in the next few months, making this a good time to consider adding a golf service to your portfolio.

These two services have similarities – they both cover all of the tours, they both have excellent historical records and they both have practicality and value at the heart of everything they do.

The differences are where you can judge for yourself which one you would prefer.

A quick run through the tournaments each week? Low workload? Lots of bookmaker options? Weekly Golf Value is probably the best call.

Ongoing action, exotic bets, a wider range of odds and commentary that can help you find your own bets? Golf Betting Club may suit you best.

If you would like more of a blend, with different strategies for finding value and a higher field coverage then these services also complement each other, making both an option!

If you are interested in signing up, please visit these services’ respective SBC pages!

Weekly Golf Value

Golf Betting Club

As ever, if you have any questions, please get in touch!

🎧SBC Podcast #72 – Betting Clever: Horse Racing, Black Market Bookies, Oddschecker Unlimited & Exchanges

In the latest SBC Podcast I am joined by SBC’s Josh as the Betting Clever podcast returns to tackle a whole host of important topics in the betting world.

With this chat recorded during Cheltenham, betting on horse racing takes centre stage, with some recent news about a black market bookmaker discussed in the wider context of getting money down on a sport beset by problems.

Andy Holding, Oddschecker Unlimited, missing account balances, accusatory emails, a listener question and exchange chat are also on the agenda in an action packed show!

You can listen to Episode 72 now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

For those of you who would like to access the BETDAQ sign up offer we reference in the show, you can do so here – please remember, this promotion is available to all listeners, not just SBC Members!

As ever, if you have any topics or areas of the gambling world that you would like us to discuss, please get in touch!

🏇 Cheltenham Recap: 3 Top Rated Tipsters Flying Last Week (& Beyond!) 📈

Last week we emailed to let you know about our latest Horse Racing Tipster Profit Report that provides a detailed overview of the very best racing tipster services alongside rankings for everything from cost, customer service, annualised returns and so much more.

With the action at Prestbury Park done and dusted we thought that we’d return to let you know how some of our ‘Hall Of Fame’ rated racing tipsters performed last week…

Sys Analyst – Exchange Tips Edge

Run by a professional punter and designed with betting exchange players in mind, Sys Analyst provided tips for free to SBC Members last week and delivered some excellent profits as below: (All bets based on odds available on Betfair)

The service couldn’t quite keep up it’s remarkable 75% ROI from previous years but 18% is an extremely respectable return at the sharpest of lines in the lead up to races on the exchanges!

Northern Monkey Punter – 2 Week Free Trial

One service who has delivered year after year is Northern Monkey Punter, who offers some variety for festivals like Cheltenham as he concentrates on ante post betting alongside day-of race selections.

He was another who had an excellent festival with 26.31 points profit delivered at the ‘worst’ quoted prices and 43.36 points delivered at the ‘best’ quoted prices. This equated to returns ranging between 31.99% ROI and 52.72% ROI depending on how we measure things.

To learn more about this service, you can listen to my chat with Wayne, who runs the service, in SBC Podcast #20, available hereIt is also worth noting that a 2 week free trial for Northern Monkey Punter is available with SBC Membership!

Learn Bet Win – 40% ROI

Another ‘HoF’ stalwart is Learn Bet Win, the service run by Declan Meagher (who is also a former SBC Podcast guest – you can listen to that one here!).

Declan had a frustrating festival in some respects, with lots of seconds and horses just missing out on places at big prices.

Despite that, he recorded a 13.6 point profit from 34 points staked (a 40% ROI!), with much of that coming courtesy of Monmiral, a confident 1 point each-way selection that landed the spoils at 33/1.

Like with all of our Hall of Fame services, we have been tracking Declan’s service for years and he finds value day in, day out!

Sign Up Now – Get Our Latest Racing Report!

Cheltenham is over but horse racing is not, with the Grand National and the turf flat season set to dominate the schedule in the coming months.

Whether it’s a big festival or just standard day-to-day race meetings, our latest Horse Racing Tipster Profit Report contains all you need to know about the best, most profitable experts to follow.

This report and many more reviews, magazines, discounts and expert content are available with a full SBC Membership.

To sign-up just click here and choose your subscription plan. As ever, if you have any questions please get in touch!

Bumper SBC Content: Racing Tipster Profit Report & Sys Analyst FREE At Cheltenham

The latest SBC publication – a brand new Tipster Profit Report has just been released and is available for download now.

This report is a Horse Racing only report and it includes details on two new Hall of Fame entrants (and one removal). Featuring everything you need to know about the racing tipsters to follow, not just at Cheltenham Festival but all year round!

Available in PDF format, you can gain instant access to read it by signing up for a full SBC Membership.


With Cheltenham the main focus of most bettors this week, we also have a free service available to members for the week. One of our top rated Hall of Fame tipsters is System Analyst, which is run by Allan Darke and has a long history of beating the bookmaker and these days – the exchanges.

Allan has a phenomenal long-standing ability to win on horse racing and our recent members review of his service in May 2023 outlined this in extensive detail.

Well the great news is that Allan has agreed to supply ALL his Cheltenham Exchange bets free of charge to SBC members this week.

All bets will be advised at around 1pm each day of Cheltenham (Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th) and come with staking and minimum price guidance for betting on the exchanges.


Allan’s Exchange based tips have racked up some excellent numbers, both at the Cheltenham Festival and beyond.

He began a new ‘Exchange’ focused service back in September 2023, which have made a 10.8% ROI from 553 bets that have met his Minimum Guide Price in the 5 minutes before a race starts. This is based on proofed data back to September 2023.

Secondly, those bets advised at Cheltenham over the years that Allan has run System Analyst have also fared very well. Again, only listing those bets where the Betfair SP has been the same or above his Minimum Guide Price, these bets alone have made an outstanding ROI of 75.4% from 144 qualifying bets.

This isn’t the biggest sample, but with just 4 days of Cheltenham Festival a year, we are limited in terms of how many bets we can analyse! The likelihood is that a 75.4% ROI is a significant overperformance in terms of what we can realistically expect, yet given Allan’s long-term ability to make a substantial profit on horse racing, it is betting with a distinct edge in our favour.

You can read all about Allan’s System Analyst service in SBC 135, which was released in May 2023. Again, this will be available to read instantly if you sign up for a paid SBC Membership.


To access all of this content – the Racing Tipster Profit Report and System Analyst’s tips this week, you will need a Smart Betting Club membership.

Different sign up options are available to view here, and with dozens of excellent offers, discounts and trials meaning that any sign up cost can quickly be ‘saved back’ and then some!

Cheltenham can be a minefield for punters but we have some of the very best tipsters to help you make some serious profit – we would love for you to join us!

🏇 Cheltenham: An Expert’s Guide From ‘No Foto Needed’

With Cheltenham upon us, preview nights, ‘tip lists’ as long as your arm and antepost portfolios (with past selections that are now non-runners removed!) have dominated the run up to the curtain raiser on Tuesday 12th March.

There is so much noise that finding quality content is tricky. To help with this, we have prepared some special content with four professional punters who have excellent Cheltenham records. All of them also tip, with special Cheltenham offers and exclusive discounts available with SBC Membership.

After our Andy Holding SBC Podcast release  yesterday, next up is No Foto Needed, the SBC Premium Tipster who has been in sparkling form so far in 2024!

To promote the service before Cheltenham, a 10% discount is available up to midnight on Monday 11th March. To access this offer, just visit the No Foto Needed page and follow the sign up instructions using the promo code CHELTENHAM. Please be aware that this code is available to everyone – both SBC Members and non-members alike! 10% will be knocked off any and every package available on site.

Here is an interview with the mysterious maestro where we quiz him about how he finds those long-priced winners:

1. Under the moniker ‘No Foto Needed’, you have an excellent ROI of  11% ROI from nearly 2,500 bets and 2024 has started brilliantly with nearly 50 points of profit delivered, with ROI running at 33.69% for the year. Can you summarise how you approach finding value in the racing markets?

‘On the National Hunt I will be honest, it is a lot harder than the Flat but I do stick to the same approach. The first thing I always do is check the possible pace in a race (you can see a free guide on this on the At The Races website). Once I have that, it’s very important to have a profile on all horses and because I only concentrate on the better class racing (0-120 Handicaps + over jumps and 0-70 Handicaps + on the flat), it does make it easier to keep on top of things.

When I use the word concentrate, keeping a Horse Tracker is key. I re-watch races every day and take notes on each horse I wish to put into my Tracker. That means that when they are due to run I already have an edge on the race. Not starting the race from scratch is always a help! 

I use my Racing Post account the most and it is money well spent because it’s very user-friendly. The main function for me is the Pro Card section, which covers an awful lot I want to see on the same page (Topspeed of their last six efforts, RPR, Postdata, Stats, and much more) and that’s before I click onto their form. The most important function there is re-watching the videos of their races. 

You could ask 10 people to re-watch a horse race and it’s possible you could get many different answers about what to take away from that race for the future. I’m saying this because most form students have different ways, opinions, and ideas about this sport and the key is to stick to the way you want to do it and listen to nobody else. That is of course if you have the time to do it properly (which you can take from me is at least 6 hours a day to keep on top of things!).

I know I got a bit away from the question, but when you’re clicking through a race, looking at the previous form of each runner here is key to find the right ingredients and make sure that are ticked. Flat=(Distance, Ground (check current weather), Pace, Draw, Grade of race, How the horse travels, Tracks, i.e. Course Form, Trainers Form, Time since its last run, and believe me there are many other nuggets I look at but those are the main ones for each horse I concentrate on. Jumps= ( Everything I mentioned on the Flat except the Draw of course, and you add-in how the horse jumps. I know the National Hunt will take longer to watch a previous race but the hours you put in will get paid-off in the long run.

So, to answer the question, when you do all of the above you will start to form a market in your head which leads to possible value that might be available on a particular horse you feel is over-priced compared to your own tissue prices.’ 

2. Do you have any pointers for those getting ready to pick their own selections for the action at Prestbury Park?

‘(a) If you haven’t already played Ante-Post on any particular contest it’s best to wait until the final declarations are out. They are out 48hrs in advance of the race which I feel is plenty of time, because I’m sure most punters would have studied most of the 28 races long before that and now they just have to go over the exact runners and riders in front of them, which shouldn’t take too much time. 

(b) Betting firms: when you are finalising your selections it’s mightily important you check Oddschecker before you place a bet. There is no doubt that many of the top firms will be trying to outdo one another, especially with Extra Places, Bigger Prices, Special Offers, Money-Back specials, If your horse finishes 2nd to the Fav etc. So bottom line, if you are in a position that you have different betting accounts, make sure you shop around for that extra value or those extra places.

(c) Many horse racing followers think that Cheltenham is a very stiff track- but keep this mind- the first two days the races are run on the Old Course and there are many tight turns around the galloping track which has a major outcome on results at times- mainly because hold-up horses get poorly positioned, especially if the pace up front is not too strong and they have so much ground to make-up on the leaders before they turn for home.

On the 3rd and 4th days the horses run on the New Course, which is the stiffer track of the two, mainly because there is a long run when they jump the third-last over the hurdle track to the second last which makes the climb-up the stiff run-in that more demanding. On the Jumps Course the bends are not as tight as the Old Course which makes it a proper test.

(d) Handicaps: with many firms paying Extra Places on these contests it could work out in your favour, because we all know most trainers/connections will be targeting these events from many months ago and they are ultra-competitive, so every extra place you get can pay dividends considering most of the runners will be 100% fit and trying to win and the odds should be rewarding.

Mentioning trainers,  the same names pop-up every year in the winner’s enclosure in these tough handicaps. Here are a few to concentrate on when you are narrowing down the fields to a selection (yes, they are well-known to us but it’s important to remember these guys have the best percentages over the past 20 years in these kind of races): Gordon Elliott, Paul Nicholls, David Pipe, Dan Skelton (mainly hurdles) Jonjo O’Neill, Willie Mullins, Nicky Henderson, Kim Bailey (mainly chases), Joseph O’Brien. Of course, we see them win races on a daily basis but they are masters at doing it on the big stages so please give extra attention to their runners, even if the recent form of the horse is not that colourful. 

(e) When you are looking through the form book, a horse that has previous form at the track has a massive advantage in certain races. If you go over the past results, you will see plenty of horses that had solid form at Cheltenham )but more importantly form from Cheltenham Festival’s) stand head and shoulders above most criteria and this repeats in most of the results every year at the Festival.’

3. Do you have a favourite Cheltenham winner which stands out, where everything went as you expected or you landed a juicy priced winner?

‘There are loads of great memories, but none more so than trying to crack those very difficult handicaps when you land on one at a huge price and it goes off shorter and gets the job done. The one I loved more than others was in 2014 (can’t believe it’s 10-years-ago!). The horse in question was Savello- trained by Tony Martin at the time – for the Grand Annual, I tipped it up at 40/1 went off at 16/1 and “Mr Cool”- Davy Russell passed the post first which was amazing scenes.

There were many Ante-Post bets that went our way also- two that will always stick in my mind. Un De Sceaux (2015- Arkle), tipped-up in November, at 7/1, wins at 4/6f in March (by 6L), and one a little more recent Envoi Allen (2020- Ballymore), tipped-up in October at 8/1 wins at 4/7f in March (by 4.5L). 

Those thoughts (well in advance) are always good for the any tipster, when their opinion clearly turns out to be correct having spotted the talent of an animal very early in their career, getting the rewards at massive odds compared to the SP.’

4. There are a lot of races with short-priced favourites this year. Will you be looking at every race or will you ignore races where you think a horse ‘just wins’?

‘There are races I know already I won’t be getting involved in, not because of a short-priced Fav but because I know they are very difficult to narrow down for one reason or another. The few I won’t be looking at are the Kim Muir, the Cross Country and the Foxhunters.

Regarding the races that have short-priced Favs, yes there are ones that if the same horse turns-up from their recent form they should win- Constitution Hill, Ballyburn, El Fabiolo, Lossiemouth look certain to win barring mishaps but the other 21 races might need a lot of form studying that may work out to be well rewarded.

I want to make sure I mention this well-known saying- “a 2/1 winner at Cheltenham is the same as a 2/1 winner at any other track”. So please remember, Cheltenham will always throw-up strange results and don’t up your stakes just because it’s Cheltenham. There will always be better betting opportunities at the same odds against weaker rivals in the very near future.’

5. Cheltenham is seen as the pinnacle of the National Hunt season but we still have lots of big races yet to come. What are you looking forward to most in the remainder of the season?

‘It`s a great question, mainly because not all the best horses meet each other at Cheltenham. We still have Fairyhouse, Aintree, Punchestown, Ayr and Sandowns’ Festivals yet to come this term and I’m sure there are a few more T.V weekends not mentioned (Newbury and Haydock spring to mind) where we can still use our team of horse trackers from previous meetings that need to run before the season is over in a few months’ time.

So, it’s another way of reminding everyone that yes, Cheltenham is a fantastic 4-day spectacle. but it’s not the end of the season, far from it. The few horses that are lucky enough to run well there we will have the chance to see them again, but will they be the same horse after a gruelling test at Cheltenham when they arrive at Aintree or Punchestown later in the season? All that is ahead of us and I am one who can’t wait!’

🎧SBC Podcast #71: Andy Holding From Oddschecker on Speed Figures, Punting & Tipping

In the latest SBC Podcast I am joined by Andy Holding, the well known racing expert who tips for Oddschecker and commentates on William Hill Radio.

Andy has been in love with horse racing from an early age and he has put in the hard yards to get to where he is, working in bookmaker shops, crunching numbers and building up a reliable system to beat the bookies.

He is that rarest of beasts – someone in the betting media who not only talks the talk but walks the walk as he became a professional punter at the age of 30 so knows what it takes to win.

Speed figures and sectional timing are central to his edge and this feeds into his betting and tipping alongside his service, Andy Holding Speed Figures (recently reviewed by us at SBC!) where clients can access a plethora of tips, data and resources to help them make their punting pay.

Andy wears many hats and this means that we had plenty of topics to cover. Dealing with losing runs as a tipster, affordability checks and the names of the 4 major bookmakers who lay him a bet are on the agenda – I think there is something for everyone in this chat!

You can listen to Episode 71 now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

An In-Depth Chat With A Hardened Bettor And Tipster

In this episode, Andy and I discuss:

  • Andy’s grounding in racing (and betting)
  • A mentor who changed everything
  • Time!
  • Going professional and how Andy ‘got in’ at the right time
  • Opportunities that have arrived along the way
  • Speed Figures and how they can provide an objective view of races
  • Market reactions to speed figures and sectionals (and how they are still underestimated)
  • The work that goes behind the scenes at Andy Holding Speed Figures
  • Irish Racing and Andy’s daily podcast
  • Tipping for Andy Holding Speed Figures and Oddschecker (and the differences between the selections)
  • Price contractions
  • Dealing with losing runs as a tipster
  • Andy’s betting activity and how he gets on!
  • The firms that Andy has a relationship with and restrictions that turn punters away
  • Affordability Checks and Andy’s thoughts on the future of horse racing
  • Some tips from Andy for betting at Cheltenham (with some early selections!)
  • General advice for betting on horse racing
  • Andy’s football allegiances!
  • How to find Andy and a special SBC discount

You can find out more about Andy’s work on his website, www.andyholdingspeedfigures.co.uk, by following his work on Oddschecker or by following his service’s Twitter/X account, @figuresAndy .

We recently reviewed Andy’s service in Issue 139 of the SBC Magazine, with detailed proofing and analysis of the tips as published by his Speed Figures service (Spoiler – they are excellent!).

To read this review in full and access an exclusive discount on the cost of joining Andy’s service, you will need a SBC subscription, options for which can be found here.

📈100 Days COMMISSION FREE! Exclusive SBC Offer For The BETDAQ Exchange 📈

Competition for exchange custom is hotting up and after profiling one of Betfair’s rivals in January, today we are back to have a look at another.

BETDAQ offer odds on a multitude of markets, with liquidity and prices to cater for the majority of punters’ needs.

We will be exploring how to profit in these markets in coming weeks but today we are here to share an exclusive introductory offer for those of you who do not yet have a BETDAQ account.

The Offer

BETDAQ want customers. They want liquidity. As an exchange, they won’t restrict winners.

With this in mind, they have come to us with the following exclusive offer:

  • New sign ups can get 100 days of commission free play
  • After that, the next 100 days will see you pay just 1% commission on your winning bets

This offer is solely available to new sign ups. We have negotiated a ‘backdated’ deal for SBC Members but this is solely for those who have a paid SBC subscription.

Sign Up Now

You can access this exclusive SBC BETDAQ sign-up offer by clicking here and following the sign up instructions. This will automatically ‘enrol’ you into the 2 commission offers that will last for 200 days.

For extra benefits and some unique content that demonstrates how to profit from some ‘BETDAQ only’ markets, you will require a SBC subscription. This includes a special video guide on how to take advantage of BETDAQ’s ‘Enhanced Specials’ markets that regularly throw up exception value if you know where to look. Our video guide explains exactly how to maximise profits in this area – something ideal if twinned with the 0% commission.

Options for different SBC paid memberships can be found here.

We will be back to look at BETDAQ, their markets, their customer service and how they deal with issues such as affordability and other checks throughout March but in the meantime, enjoy your 100 days without paying any commission!